by Gabe Meline
Unless you happen to drop by on a jam night, you’re more likely to see Phoenix Theater manager Tom Gaffey outside sweeping up than on his theater’s stage. But for the last 20 years, Gaffey has occasionally borrowed the spotlight—usually with an apple, or a broom, in hand—and it’s always a joyous event. This week, his band Thus the Buzz play with Adobe Road and the Neal Carson / Dallas Myers Band, and the timing is perfect for anyone who grew up at the Phoenix, left town and is back visiting family. For what is the Phoenix, after all, if not family? Be there on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $8. 707.762.3565.